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  • Circular Service Platform
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    Elisa Achterberg (Sustainable Finance Lab, Circle Economy)
    Publication Date
    04/2019
    Country
    Netherlands
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    In a circular economy, assets are no longer sold. Rather, the assets are collectively maintained by a network of stakeholders involved in the ongoing functioning of the assets - the circular service (CISE) network.

    A CISE network however requires unprecedented levels of cooperation and coordination between participants, leading to high administrative costs and the need for trust and transparency in the network. CISE networks are a totally different way of doing business, requiring different financial, legal and governance structures. Would it be possible for assets to be owned and procured by a network that creates value from them? Could this, simultaneously, reduce administrative costs?

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    Resources collection
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    Ellen MacArthur Foundation
    Publication Date
    05/2019
    Country
    United Kingdom
    Language for original content

    Explore how city governments around the world are taking action to enable circular economy opportunities that deliver on a range of mayoral priorities, Sustainable Development Goals, and climate objectives. The EMF has launched Circular Economy in Cities with a global reference on the topic.

    1. Vision: What will the implementation of circular economy principles in cities look like?
    2. Factsheets: What benefits can a circular economy transition in key urban systems bring to cities?
    3. Policy levers: What can urban policymakers do to accelerate this transition?
    4. Case studies: What examples are there of urban policymakers already putting this into action?
    5. Other networks & resources: What are other organisations doing on the topic of circular economy and cities?
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    The garden, outdoor power and power tools industries have already implemented main principles of the EU circular economy policy

    Author
    EGMF & EPTA
    Publication Date
    05/2019
    Country
    Belgium
    Language for original content
    Scope
    Contact
    The garden, outdoor power and power tools industries have developed a joint position paper on the different principles of the circular economy the industries are already applying.

    Given the proximity to nature and to the natural environment, these industries are committed towards protecting the environment and are already taking measures to minimise the life-cycle impact of products in the environment addressing the following issues:
    • Design of durable and reliable products
    • Application of material efficiency and hazardous substances substitution
    • Limiting noise and exhaust emissions
    • Reparability and extending product lifetime
    • Integrating recyclability and safe waste management aspects at the design stage
    • Limiting packaging and its impacts
    • New business models
    More details on the specific measures can be found in the position paper.
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    Circular economy strategies and roadmaps in Europe: Identifying synergies and the potential for cooperation and alliance building – Study

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    Giacomo Salvatori
    Frank Holstein
    Kai Böhme
    Publication Date
    05/2019
    Country
    EU
    Language for original content
    Scope
    Circular economy strategies have been under development in European cities, regions, and countries in the last few years. 33 strategies have been adopted since 2014, and at least 29 more are under development. Existing strategies were reviewed for this study, to identify similarities and differences, and to assess the involvement of civil society organisations, and potential for collaboration.

    The study argues that documents developed in the future should put more focus on including broader sections of value chains, and on ensuring inclusive partnership approaches in all phases of the strategy’s cycle. To date, circular economy strategies show different degrees of inclusiveness in terms of value chains and partner involvement. Limited inclusive approaches can be explained by the exploratory nature of most strategy documents. This includes a stronger involvement of civil society organisations in earlier phases of strategy development, and not just for dissemination and citizen involvement.

    The study highlights the role of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform in gathering and sharing civil society’s knowledge and making sure it is fed into the policy cycle for circular economy.
  • Circular Economy for Beginners, Walter R. Stahel, Italian translation
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    Author
    Walter R. Stahel
    Publication Date
    05/2019
    Country
    Italy
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    Walter R. Stahel

    The opportunities in the reuse and service-life extension of manufactured objects are fairly well documented. But a huge innovation potential lies dormant in the Circular Industrial Economy: the reuse and service-life extension of manufactured molecules.
    The latter is under-researched and under-exploited: reusing atoms and molecules in loops of highest purity, instead of recycling mixed wastes, is a challenge which involves chemistry on several levels, including the design of new molecules and mini-mill technologies to de-link existing materials. Innovative non-destructive and non-mixing collection and sorting processes will also need to be developed.
    Policy Innovation could close the invisible liability loop, by legislating an Extended Producer Liability.

  • Author
    Dr. Adriana Neligan / Edgar Schmitz
    Publication Date
    04/2017
    Country
    Germany
    Language for original content
    Key Area
    Scope
    Dr. Adriana Neligan

    Every second German manufacturing firm saves material by designing its products resource-efficiently. Although increasing digital networking in complex industrial production processes opens up new opportunities for saving resources, almost half of these firms are not digitalised yet.

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    Dr. Adriana Neligan / Edgar Schmitz
    Publication Date
    05/2017
    Country
    Germany
    Language for original content
    Key Area
    Scope
    Dr. Adriana Neligan
    This study delivers the first empirical findings on the relevance of digitisation to improving material efficiency based on the German company survey ‘IW-Zukunftspanel’.

    German manufacturing firms have up to now only rarely digitised material efficiency measures to a great extent. If they are - particularly in large companies - they tend to be used for process optimisation. Around two fifths of the companies are at least moderately digitised in relation to the most important industrial efficiency measures, namely process optimisation and the use of new techniques, but there is still more than a third that is not at all. Companies have most frequently digitised cross-company materials cycles, but this instrument is only applied by two fifths of industrial companies. There is still potential for more digitisation of measures relating to product design, materials cycle management and new business models.

    At least every other manufacturing company reuses residue and waste materials via internal circulation systems. Nevertheless, for two fifths of these companies digital networks do not play any part and in the case of a further two fifths, the part they play is minor. Only one in ten companies is heavily digitised. More than half of industrial companies use resource-saving measures that begin at the product design stage. To date, almost half of these companies are not digitally networked, or if they are, it is only to a small extent. One third of the industrial companies up to now have considered new business models as an efficiency-raising way. Of these, three out of ten have not been digitised yet with a further two fifths having only a minor level of digitisation.

    Companies that have already embedded digitisation in their strategy are frontrunners for greater material efficiency, since they more frequently use material efficiency measures intensively, are more likely to recognise further potential savings and their efficiency-saving approaches are also clearly more often highly digitised.

    From the same author, check also
    Eines von zwei Unternehmen macht Ökodesign digital
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    Innovation and Circular Economy in the Mountain Forest Supply Chain: How to Close the Loop?

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    Sarah Whitaker, Euromontana
    Publication Date
    03/2017
    Country
    EU
    Language for original content
    Scope
    Euromontana
    Mountain areas face specific natural conditions, such as slope, climate, and soil types, that make the exploitation of mountain resources difficult.

    Other challenges associated with connectivity and transport make economic activity all the more challenging.

    The adoption of the circular economy will be particularly important in mountain areas which contain exceptional primary resources such as forests, water, and minerals, and provide ecosystems services such as carbon sequestration, clean water, landscapes, and recreation. Maximizing the value of extracted resources and managing them sustainably is particularly important for maintaining a high quality of life in mountain territories.The circular economy can create new economic opportunities that will provide much needed employment and economic growth in mountain areas.

    The development of the circular economy in mountain areas will allow inhabitants to benefit from resources and services available in the mountains. It will also drive the development of new approaches, for example in governance, technology, or in the building of novel tools, in so doing providing new opportunities for jobs and growth in mountain regions.

    This study focuses on the forest sector as the sector is particularly adapted to a circular approach in mountainous areas in Europe.
  • circular fashion advocacy
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    Author
    Arthur ten Wolde
    Publication Date
    03/2019
    Country
    EU
    Language for original content
    Scope
    Arthur ten Wolde

    According to Ecopreneur's proposal, the recommendations for advocacy messages and actions listed in this report should be used by the EU and other key stakeholders to develop a collaborative strategy and plan up to 2030 that supports a circular fashion economy.

    In addition, philanthropic funders should connect and build the advocacy capacity of non-profit organisations that support the circular economy and a circular fashion sector. This is particularly important given the strong influence of lobbyists advocating for the ‘linear’ status quo.

    A key message would be to urge the EU to move first to create a circular fashion economy, because it provides a huge economic opportunity, both for Europe and for producing countries; globally, overall annual benefits are estimated by Eurochambres to amount to € 161 billion.
    For the fashion industry to realise the economic, social and environmental benefits of a circular economy, immediate action and longterm commitment towards advocacy are needed.

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    Slovenian companies and a circular economy: Slovenian Business Observatory 2017

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    Author
    Karin Širec
    Barbara Bradač Hojnik
    Matjaž Denac
    Dijana Močnik
    Publication Date
    03/2018
    Country
    Slovenia
    Language for original content
    Scope
    Barbara Bradač Hojnik

    Since 2000, the “Slovenian Entrepreneurship Observatory” publishes a report annually providing analysis of the situation of Slovenian companies and insight into Slovenian entrepreneurship. In 2018 this report had a thematic focus on the circular economy (CE), with the authors centring in on the drivers and barriers to SMEs integrating CE into business practice.

    This report first provides a theoretical framework for the CE, which aims to raise awareness and facilitate information exchange between companies and individuals looking to spread circular innovation. Simultaneously this report also provides an overview of the barriers companies face in transitioning towards circularity, which include a lack of comparable indicators to benchmark and track progress; cost of eco-design; administrative burden; access to finance and a lack of awareness about the concept itself: in 2017, a survey of businesses indicated only 32% had some understanding of what a circular economy is. This survey also revealed businesses perceive economic, environmental and regulatory opportunities as the main drivers towards circularity.

    The report concludes with practical aspects of CE implementation at the level of enterprises, presenting a case study which highlights the situation and the possible use of eco-design in Slovenian SMEs operating in the construction sector and conclusions with recommended steps to overcome the barriers identified.

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